South Carolina shooting: Sixth person dies after firing spree by former NFL player Phillip Adams

An air conditioning technician has become the sixth person to die, after being shot by a former National Football League player at a South Carolina home last Wednesday, the county coroner says.

Robert Shook, 38, was shot in the driveway of the Rock Hill, South Carolina home, where he had been working, the York County sheriff says, and he died from his wounds on Saturday.

The gunman, whom officials identified as Phillip Adams, 32, opened fire at the home of doctor Robert Lesslie, killing Lesslie, 70, wife Barbara Lesslie, 69, two of their grandchildren - nine-year-old Adah Lesslie and five-year-old Noah Lesslie, and James Lewis, 38, another air conditioning technician.

"We are all heartbroken," the men's employer, GSM Services, has posted on Facebook.

Adams, who left the NFL more than five years ago, died from a single gunshot to the head at his home a short distance from the murder scene. Investigators have not identified a motive for the shootings.

Philip Adams.
Philip Adams. Photo credit: Getty

"We have probably more questions than you do right now," York County sheriff Kevin Tolson said on Thursday.

There was no indication that Adams had any relationship with Lesslie or his family, Tolson said.

The gunman's father, Alonzo Adams, suggested the shooting outburst was the result of injuries his son sustained during his football career, in which he played as a defensive back with five teams, finishing with Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

"I think the football messed him up," he told WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Asked to comment, an NFL spokesman said: "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this devastating tragedy."

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